November 18, 2019

Bibi Bio ‘The Netanyahu Years’ to Become TV Series

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - SEPTEMBER 17: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the Likud Party after vote event on September 17, 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel. All TV exit polls see no clear winner in Isreal's elections. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)

Embattled Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu will become the subject of a TV series focusing on his life and political career. Based on journalist Ben Caspit’s best-selling biography “The Netanyahu Years,”

the series will be produced by Israeli production company Abot Hameiri, best known for “Shtisel.” 

“Nobody has influenced our country in the past 20 years more than Benjamin Netanyahu,” the company’s co-founder Guy Hameiri told Variety. He described the series as “an epic political story with a very big philosophical and psychological undertone.”

At the same time, the series will be “a super-juicy family melodrama that explores how the personal can become political, and vice versa,” he said. “[Netanyahu] was the first one to bring in [populist] tactics that we see now in a lot of leaders. What Trump is doing [now] is something that Bibi has been doing from way back.”

Writing and production will get underway in 2010. Freemantle will handle international distribution.